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Anderson slams Kean boo-boys

The Blackburn fans co-ordinating the protests against boss Steve Kean are not normal supporters, according to Kean's agent Jerome Anderson.

Kean has been targeted by demonstrators within Ewood Park on several occasions, with the dissenters calling for him to be dismissed. Blackburn are currently bottom of the Premier League table, three points from safety.

Anderson claims the anger raining down from the stands is having a detrimental effect on the team's performance - and particularly on the young players who Kean is trying to integrate into the first team.

Anderson said on Sky Sports News: "Are there things going on that we're not aware of? Are there groups of people who say they are supporters, but who really don't want Venky's [Blackburn's owners] to succeed for whatever reason, and don't want the manager to succeed?

"With normal fans, all you want to do is support your manager and team. What I think the world of football can't understand is where this is coming from. It does seem to be well organised, from people who say they are supporters.

"Wouldn't it be wonderful if the supporters really got behind the manager and team? Sometimes people forget these are young players, and young players need support when they're coming through. To go on the football pitch with fear is the worst thing you can do - and that's probably why some of the best results have been away from home.

"Whether you're a Blackburn fan, or any fan, it's so important to get behind your players. Please. The negativity and abuse that the players have received doesn't help anybody. Please get behind the boys."

Anderson no longer has any hands-on involvement at Blackburn, but still he attracts personal abuse.

Anderson told ESPNsoccernet: "I have decided to get the truth out, that I am not involved with the club's transfer policy or the running of the club, and that Steve Kean was actually brought to the club by Sam Allardyce, and not by me.

"Steve Kean, of course, is my client, there is no secret about that, and I must say he has handled himself impeccably and with great dignity, and has been doing the best possible job under very difficult circumstances.

"His team has been decimated by injuries, and the club has not been able to over invest in the transfer market, which is totally out of his control."

Anderson, though, did bring in Venky's and the new owners are being targeted themselves for the financial situation at the club which has meant a downsizing in their ambitions to recruit new players.

"I was asked by the trustees of the club and the previous board to help them find new investment and new owners, which I did," he said. "However, I am subjected to personal abuse. From my son Miles signing for Blackburn, to the poison aimed at me and my family, which is totally unjustified."


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